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History Matters: Wyatt Earp left his stamp on the Wild West

Dr. Gary Joiner
Dr. Gary Joiner
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Dr. Gary Joiner

He was portrayed in many films as the lawman who imparted violent justice in the old West -- walking away from the shootout at the O.K. Corral unscathed. In today's installment of History Matters, commentator Gary Joiner takes us into the life of Wyatt Earp.

Gary Joiner is a cartographer and an associate professor of history at LSU in Shreveport. He is the author or editor of 12 books including “Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862,” “One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864,” “Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864,” “Red River Steamboats,” and “Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: Mississippi Squadron.”